Councilman Manning attends Richland County CASA Luncheon
Councilman Jim Manning attended the 2015 Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 15, 2015. Ms. Vicki Jackson, who will receive her Masters in Social Work next month, is shown presenting the Fostering Futures Wrap-up. Jim is pictured with Clerk of Court Jeanette McBride, Councilman Livingston, RC CASA Director Paige Greene and Councilwoman Dickerson.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Councilman Manning Attends State House Press Conference
On April 14, 2015, a bi-partisan group of Senators announced their intention to offer a budget amendment that would allow South Carolina to take advantage of federal dollars to provide healthcare for Palmetto state residents who are at 138% or below the federal poverty level. The amendment would establish “Healthy SC” and provide a private option plan for healthcare. Councilman Jim Manning is pictured with Ms. Leslyn Richardson, a USC Doctoral candidate shadowing Jim for her Health Policy class, and their State Senator Joel Lourie (who is also shown speaking at the podium as one of the sponsors).
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Councilman Manning Tours Sheriff's Department Operations
On April 11, 2015, Council members were provided a day-long Richland County Sheriff’s Department Academy for Council members and Administration staff. The morning segment focused on sessions in the Chemistry lab, Fingerprints, DNA, Ballistics and the CSI Garage operations at the Two Notch Headquarters. The afternoon was spent at the training facility on Monticello Road to include scenarios related to traffic stops, bomb squad detonations, securing a building, and a school hostage situation. Councilman Jim Manning is pictured firing the FN SCAR L machine gun made by FN Manufacturing, LLC, in Richland County, SC. Also shown is a resource guide used in the drug testing lab.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Councilman Manning Speaks at Senior Volunteers Ceremony
Councilman Jim Manning attended a special event at State Capitol building on April 10, 2015. The Ceremony commemorated the 3rd annual national day of recognition of service by retired citizens. Jim is shown pictured with his Council Colleague Norman Jackson, Senior Resources Social Worker Douglas Bates and Columbia Councilman Sam Davis.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Councilman Manning Speaks at Opening Ceremony
Councilman Jim Manning attended the Little League Opening Ceremony at Trenholm park on March 7, 2015. The Ceremony commemorated the League's 25th Silver Anniversary. Jim is shown pictured with Avary Ingram who was selected to catch the 1st Pitch delivered by 2 time MLB All-star and Golden Glove winner Orlando Hudson (also pictured)..
Monday, March 09, 2015
Councilman Manning Attends Educators' Reception
On March 3, 2015, Councilman Jim Manning attended the Annual Richland County Teachers Association's reception for local elected officials. Jim is shown pictured with Council Chairman Torrey Rush and Ms. Terri Butts. Ms. Butts, Clemson Road Child Development Center Curriculum Specialist and former Richland Two teacher of the year, was also named the NEA Foundation Teacher of the Year at the Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala held last month in Washington, DC.
Monday, March 09, 2015
Councilman Manning attends Chaplain Ceremony
Councilman Jim Manning attended the ceremony in which Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott inducted two ministers into the Department's Chaplain Corp.; the ceremony took place on February 11, 2015. Jim is shown pictured with Sheriff Lott and the two newest Chaplains, Ms. Laurie Pineda and Rev. Kim.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Councilman Manning Helps With Gills Creek Clean-up
On February 7 2015, Councilman Jim Manning assisted with the annual Gills Creek's Cary Lake clean up. The lake will be down allowing us to remove much of the accumulated trash by the pond and upper lake. Keep the Midlands Beautiful provided the tools. About 25 trash bags plus two tires, a large plastic toy wagon and a lot of pipes were gathered from the watershed. Ten children helped out and learned a valuable lesson in taking care of the environment.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Councilman Manning and Councilwoman Dickerson Attend Philharmonic The Planets
Councilman Jim Manning and Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson attended the SC Philharmonic's first multimedia Masterworks concert, The Planets, where they welcomed the crowd. The Council Members are shown pictured before the show with Conductor Morihiko Nakahara.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Council Manning Oversees Demolition Project
As part of ongoing projects to revitalize Richland County’s Decker Boulevard, the demolition of the shuttered former bank building on Decker Boulevard began a fresh face to the gateway intersection in a vibrant community on February 2, 2015. “This corner serves as the gateway to Decker Boulevard, Richland County's International Corridor,” said Richland County Councilman Jim Manning, District 8, who led efforts to raze the building. Shown pictured with Jim and from Left to Right Councilman Damon Jeter, State Rep. Beth Bernstein, Decker Boulevard Business Coalition President Sylvia Hanna and Greater Woodfield Neighborhood Association Vice President Ron Huff.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Councilman Manning Attends Film Fest on Hunger
Councilman Jim Manning attended the "A Place at the Table" Film Fest on January 17, 2015. The event was sponsored by SC End Child Hunger, Richland Library, GraceChurch of Columbia and EdVenture. Driven by the fact that 1 in 4 children face "Food Insecurity" the forum discussed how citizens can make a difference in our community. Ms. Danielle St. Marie, Child Feeding Coordinator at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Georgia Coleman Richland Library Community Outreach Director are shown pictured.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Councilman Manning and Councilwoman Dixon Hold Press Conference on Human Trafficking
On January 14, 2015, Councilman Jim Manning and Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon held a press conference announcing the Richland County Council's Resolution recognizing January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Students from Westwood High School were among a crowd of community members and County officials to announce an initiative to combat human trafficking. Manning and Dixon are spearheading a new anti-trafficking coalition to raise awareness about the crime and develop prevention strategies for Richland County. “Human trafficking is happening right here in Richland County, not just across oceans or in other countries," Manning said. "Richland County can and will lead the way in our state, the southeast and the country in how we address and combat human trafficking at the local level."
Please click the link to view: WLTX Coverage: Human Trafficking Press Conference
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Councilman Manning Helps Break Ground for New Ballpark
Councilman Jim Manning joined local elected officials, community leaders and the Hardball Capital CEO that is bringing Minor League Baseball back to Columbia. They broke ground on January 6, 2015 for the new ballpark on the Bull Street site of the former South Carolina Department of Mental Health hospital. The ceremony was held at the future site of home plate of the new Spirit Communications Park where Jim is shown with Mrs. Ike McLeese, the widow of the former Director of the local Chamber of Commerce who was a champion for growth and progress in Richland County. Jim is also shown with Richland One School Board Commissioner Aaron Bishop (Lt), City Councilman Sam Davis and Mayor Steve Benjamin (Far Rt.) as the break ground at the site of the Pitcher’s Mound.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Councilman Manning Attends Attorney General’s Press Conference
On January 6, 2015, Councilman Jim Manning joined S.C. State Attorney General Alan Wilson for a Press Conference to discuss new legislation in the General Assembly that could make it easier to investigate and prosecute human sex trafficking cases in South Carolina. A. G. Wilson was joined by the state task force of law enforcement officers, local and state government officials and victims advocates who support the bill that would give the state grand jury jurisdiction over human trafficking cases.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Councilmembers Convene Human Trafficking Round table
Councilman Jim Manning and Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon convened a Community Round table on December 9, 2014 at the Northeast Market & Coffee House on Decker Boulevard with the objective determine what, if any, role Richland County Council should have in addressing the issue of human trafficking in Richland County.
Represented was the LightHouse For Life, Sheriff’s Department, National Assn. of Social Workers, Pure Light Ministry, FBI, Westwood HS, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and Midlands Tech. Pictured (Lt. to Rt,) are: Shelley Price, MSW Intern in Councilman Manning’s office, Councilwoman Dixon, Jim, Lauren Dresher and Tyler Dale from Westwood High School and Megan Madsen from MTC.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Councilman Manning Introduces Condor Elementary Choir
Councilman Jim Manning, along with District 8 mascot Gigi Camaro, introduced Richland School District TWO's Condor Elementary Choir under the direction of Ms. Linda Steffey. The group performed in the historic Robert Mills Carriage House on December 6, 2014.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Councilman Manning Provides Grand Opening Invocation
Richland County held the grand opening ceremony of its new Office of Small Business Opportunity on Nov. 20, 2014. Councilman Jim Manning provided the invocation and is shown with Council colleagues Chairman Norman Jackson and Paul Livingston cutting the ribbon.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Globalize 13 Assembly
Councilman Jim Manning visited Westwood High School for Globalize 13, an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment on Nov. 17, 2014. Jim is pictured with student organizers Lauren Drescher and Tyler Dale. Also shown is keynote speaker Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. (center), President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and Principal Ralph Schmidt.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Chairman Jackson Attends Decker Blvd. Block Party
Chairman Norman Jackson joined Councilman Manning at the first annual Decker Boulevard Block Party. Chairman Jackson expressed his excitement and how elated he was to see the community support. "Mr. Manning you should be commended for a job well done and for your leadership; continue the great work and I look forward to next years celebration," said Chairman Norman Jackson.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Decker Block Party
The 1st Annual Decker Block Party was held Nov. 8, 2014 and included the unveiling of the international-themed mural painted by renowned artist Karl Wilkes working with students from Richland School District 2. Vendors from along Decker Boulevard participated along with the Sheriff's Department and Richland County staff. Councilman Jim Manning is shown with colleague Councilman Greg Perce (right) and artist Wilkes as well as with District 8 Mascot Gigi Camaro.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Council Intern Price Represents Councilman Manning at Reception
On Oct. 28, 2014, a reception was held to honor Ms. Ryan Nevius, the founder of Sustainable Midlands, and to introduce the new executive director, Mr. Stephen Stokes. Ms. Shelley Price, District 8 Councilman Jim Manning’s MSW Intern Assistant, is pictured at the event with Ms. Nevius in Jim’s absence.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Councilman Manning Speaks at Korean Festival
Councilman Jim Manning was invited to address the attendees at the annual Korean Festival held October 25, 2014. Jim is pictured with Master Deputy Kim from Sheriff Lott's CAT Team and District Two School Board member James Manning.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Urban Paddle Picnic
Councilman Jim Manning and District 8 mascot Gigi Camaro attended the Gills Creek Watershed Association (GCWA) hosted by the Cary Lake HOA and the Town of Arcadia Lakes located in the District. Jim is pictured with GCWA's Executive Director Erich Miarka. Also shown is Richland School District TWO's Commissioner James Manning speaking with GCWA Board Member Bernie Gaudi.
Monday, October 06, 2014
Councilman Manning Breaks Ground for Community Center
On September 11, 2014, Councilman Jim Manning helped break ground for the North Springs Community Center on Clemson Road. This major expansion will be a tremendous asset to meet the needs of this rapid growing area of Northeast Richland County. Jim is shown with various stakeholders preparing to officially "break up."
Friday, September 12, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Community Pet Event
Councilman Jim Manning and District 8 mascot Gigi Camaro attended the Summit Youth Committee's Pet Day on September 11, 2014. Jim is pictured with District Two School Board member James Manning, Council Colleague Julie-Ann Dixon and Summit Community President Paul Hill. Also shown is the Youth Committee presenting a donation to the Sheriff's K-9 Unit deputy, Arko.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Councilman Manning Checks Out New Library Resource
Councilman Jim Manning visited the Play Freely Bus on September 8, 2014. This great new Library outreach vehicle is now rolling through Richland County serving the citizens. The Play Freely Bus is a perfect fit in our Uniquely Urban, Uniquely Rural Richland County. Jim is shown with Board Member Nate Barber, Laura Kennett, Community Outreach Librarian, and Board Chairwoman JoAnn Turnquist.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Latin Festival
Councilman Jim Manning attended the annual Main Street Latin Festival on August 23, 2014. Pictured with Jim are exhibitors Tanya Rodriguez Hodges (Lt) and Mari Gonzales Jim is also shown with several of the County's Sheriff's Department CAT Team and leadership staff at the event. The festival showcased the culture and vitality of Columbia’s Latin community through its foods, arts, dances and music in a fun, family-oriented environment.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Celebration of Water
On August 23, 2014, Councilman Jim Manning joined in on a 3 local government collaborative effort recognizing that water is one of the things that connects us. Richland County, Lexington County and the City of Columbia hosted the fifth annual Summer Celebration of Water Festival! The FREE family friendly event was be held at Riverfront Park where citizens were able to have fun with the free stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and tubing in the Columbia Canal. Jim is shown pictured at the Stormwater staff table with Quinton Epps and Chenille Williams.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Councilman Manning Cuts Ribbon at Museum
On August 16, 2014, Councilman Jim Manning help cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new Planetarium and 4D Theatre at the SC State Museum located in Richland County. Jim is shown with Council Chairman Norman Jackson who delivered remarks during the ceremony.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Councilman Manning Attends Durham Bulls Game
Councilman Jim Manning traveled with a group of community leaders to see new urbanism in Durham, NC on August 7, 2014. Shown pictured is Mayor Steve Benjamin and Durham Baseball VP George Hable (Lt) listening to Durham Mayor Bill Bell discussing what Minor League baseball has done for their County Seat's redevelopment. Jim is shown with Mayor Benjamin and Richland ONE School Board Chairman Arron Bishop. Additionally, he is pictured with Bull Street Developer Bob Hughes.
Friday, August 08, 2014